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McArdle Sport-Tec - Design & Construction of artificial turf pitches & tracks

Synthetic Hockey Surfaces

Global Water-based Pitches, FIH Sand-based National Pitches and Hybrid Third Generation (3G) Pitches

FIH Global Water-based Pitches

McArdle Sport-Tec has a strong partnership with TigerTurf; bringing together the world’s pioneering synthetic sports surface brand with the UK’s leading sports construction company to create an unbeatable team.

All our Water-based systems are polyethylene tufted to maintain wet conditions for longer, requiring less water. TigerTurf is the preferred surface for many premier hockey clubs and universities throughout the UK.

FIH National Pitches

McArdle Sport-Tec and TigerTurf offer Sand-based synthetic surface systems to meet all requirements.

Superior Sand-dressed systems generally have a pile height between 18 – 20mm and are partially in-filled with silica sand, making them clean to play on. These sports surfaces are available with either polypropylene or polyethylene yarns, with the polyethylene yarn being harder wearing and less abrassive.

Standard Sand-filled synthetic systems generally have a pile height of 24mm and are in-filled with silica sand, playing on the sand rather than the yarn. These are also available with either polypropylene or polyethylene yarns.

Water-based pitches:

Sand-based pitches:

  • University of Reading
  • Marlborough College
  • Havant Hockey Club
  • Wallingford Hockey Club
  • University of Manchester
  • Blundell’s School

Hybrid Third Generation (3G) Pitches

The FIH and England Hockey have recently approved some third generation (3G) rubber crumb synthetic surfaces suitable for hockey. There are a few surfaces available and each installation is required to be tested before any competitive hockey is able to be played on them.

All synthetic hockey surfaces are installed on an engineered macadam base with a separate shock pad.


“McArdle Sport Tec installed two magnificent artificial hockey pitches. I found the company to be extremely professional, organized and helpful. They installed the pitches with the least impact on the occupied College and with an understanding of what is required when working in an independent school” 


Mark Lucas, Project Manager, Marlborough College.